Finding more square footage inside our cabinets, closets, and drawers is possible when you pick the best storage container for the job that maximizes the space. Living an organized life is about more than maximizing storage space and labeling containers (although that’s part of it).
Choose Containers to fit the Shape of the Space
Put big items in big spaces and small items in little spaces. Square or rectangular containers allow you to use every square inch for storage.
Buy All the Same Brand of Containers
When you choose one brand of container and purchase sizes small, medium, and large, the containers are designed to stack without toppling and the empties will nest inside each other until you need them. The same brand container will give you the added bonus of looking visually organized.
Use Clear Containers So You Can See What’s Stored Inside
Even without a label, clear containers allow us the “see” the contents inside and quickly find what you are looking for.
Label the Container
Labels speak for you when you’re not there. Not only will you know what’s in the container, but others will know where to put things away when they have finished using something.
Group Like Items Together Inside of the Container
Each container will be used to store items in a particular category. You can have a container full of colored pencils or you can have a container filled with art supplies like colored pencils, markers, and crayons. What you put in each container will depend on how much space you need for your categories.
Use the Right Container for the Job
Think about ease of access when you are choosing containers. If you get things out of a container several times per day, it may be helpful to have a container without a lid so you can reach in and get what you need quickly. If an item is only accessed several times per year a container with a lid that can stack may be the solution.
Utilize the Containers You Already Own Before Purchasing New
Look around the house at the containers you already have. Can you reorganize them to be used more efficiently. If the answer is yes, group like items together and store by category.